Metropolitan Theatre

9 Chestnut Street,
Providence, RI 02903

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Metropolitan in 1932

The second largest movie palace in Rhode Island after Loew’s State Theatre was up the block from that theatre, which is now the Providence Performing Arts Center. At the corner of Broad Street and Chestnut Street, the Metropolitan Theatre opened in August 1932, and was the only theatre in the city with two entrances. Never as successful in its programs as its main rivals, Loew’s State Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, the Strand Theatre or the RKO Albee Theatre, it closed in 1955 and was demolished in 1961.

Today the location is occupied by an apartment complex, Beneficent House.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 3:13 am

“Testimony on Providence Metropolitan is Taken"
Boxoffice magazine on June 10, 1939 ran this long piece on the Metropolitan Theatre, dealing with an anti-trust suit in film bookings, and preference shown to the nearby Bijou in the supplying of films by distributors.
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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 23, 2010 at 3:09 am

Record Roundup Propgram is a Hit In Providence
Item on the Metropolitan Theatre, Boxoffice magazine, November 3, 1945:
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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 7:17 am

Report on the opening of Conn’s Metropolitan Theatre on August 25, 1932 at 10 a.m., in Boxoffice magazine, September 1, 1932:

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Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 7:21 am

Three months later Conn filed for bankruptcy. Item in Boxoffice magazine, November 3, 1932:

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Gerald A. DeLuca on February 27, 2011 at 2:33 am

Opening day ad for the Metropolitan, August 25, 1932.

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Gerald A. DeLuca on August 26, 2013 at 5:56 am

In The Providence Journal, August 26, 2013, there appears this extensive (online) article on the birth, life, and death of the Metropolitan Theatre. Several rare and excellent photos are shown.


rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 1, 2015 at 11:45 am

The Theatre Historical Society has the MGM Theatre Report for the Metropolitan, Card # 548. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Address is 9 Chestnut. The theater is in “Fair” condition and is not showing MGM films. Seating: Orch., 1,786; Balcony, 927; Mezzanine, 382; total- 3,095. Someone crossed out that total and wrote in “Total 3,045.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 1, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Where the Metropolitan Theatre was located there is now an apartment building, Beneficent House. I now live in that building. In the entrance lobby there is a painting of the former theatre that occupied that space.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

1941 PHOTO OF METROPOLITAN IN MGM REPORT Thanks to Theatre Historical Society of America.

rongiorgio1915 on August 8, 2017 at 10:44 pm

As an avid Frank Sinatra fan, I frequently try to find out where and when Sinatra performed in Providence before the Civic Center. During a performance the other day, an elderly woman informed me that she remembers visiting ‘The Met’ and paying 15 cents to see a young Frank Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey sometime in 1940. This would mean he had been performing professionally for less than 10 months. Can anybody elaborate on this info?

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